MANSFIELD, Ohio - The Ohio State Highway Patrol is releasing more information about how an inmate at the Mansfield Correctional Institution escaped last week.
James David Myers, who was serving 40 years in prison for rape, kidnapping, burglary and stalking, escaped on July 3 and was taken back into custody the next day.
Troopers said the 47-year-old inmate was assigned to maintenance detail as a carpenter, but when the work was done and a headcount was taken at about 9 p.m., Myers was missing.
According to the highway patrol, Myers hid in the maintenance area of the prison before taking three ladders. He used the ladders to get out of the fenced-in area attached to the maintenance building. Myers then used the ladders to scale two outer perimeter fences and escape, troopers said.
“There were perimeter cars patrolling the facility and the fence alarm did go off,” the state highway patrol said in a news release on Monday.
Staff found the ladders and notified troopers of his escape at 9:54 p.m. on Wednesday.
Myers was captured after being tackled by a Mansfield man inside the Olivesburg General Store in Richland County at about 7 p.m. Thursday.
Myers had some minor scrapes on his hands and some change, which is under investigation, which troopers are investigating how he obtained. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Myers committed no crimes that they know of during his time on the run.
The case will be turned over to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office to see if Myers will face charges for his escape.
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